John Joseph McDonaugh “Big John”
(May 25, 1939 – January 1, 2022)
It is with incredible sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our gentle giant John Joseph McDonaugh on Jan. 1, 2022, following a battle with cancer.
John was the beloved son of Irish immigrants, the late Simon McDonaugh and Margaret (Peggy)Connolly. Beloved brother of the late Robert (Linda Peake). Most cherished husband of Sandy, adoring father of Sean (Nicole Sullivan), Shannon (Aneil Mujoomdar) and adored grandfather of Simon.
John grew up in Saint Henri, Montreal and spent 35 years in education (as a math teacher and guidance counsellor) with the Baldwin Cartier School Board. Later in his career he opened a private practice in individual, couple and family therapy.
“Big John” enjoyed an outstanding basketball career both as a player and as an official. He travelled the world as an international basketball referee and had a career high of refereeing in the 1976 Olympics. He was the recipient of many citations for his involvement in the sport including being inducted into the Quebec Basketball Hall of Fame and receiving the Ted Early Memorial Award.
In retirement, his favorite pastime was enjoying a game of golf and a laugh with good friends.
He was a proud Irishman and lived a life of great faith, humility, and compassion. He worked tirelessly within his community, always had a helping hand for anyone in need. He will be remembered always in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Organizations closest to his heart included St. Leonard’s Society of Canada (Vice President), Maison Cross Roads (President), Saint Patrick’s Society, Innisfail Social Sports Club (President) and Saint Veronica’s Parish.
He will be missed by his beloved in-laws, his loving nephews, nieces, and cousins in Canada, the US and Ireland and his many close friends.
A funeral will take place at St. Veronica’s Parish, 1300 Carson Avenue, Dorval. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas Commemoration inc.
If you wish, donations in his memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.ca , 35 Yorkland Blvd, # 600, Toronto ON, M2J 4Y8)
“May he rest in peace”